Massachusetts Poised To Pass Law To Protect Pregnant Workers

As reported in The Boston Globe, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill to protect pregnant workers and sent the bill to the governor’s desk for his signature on July 20, 2017.

According to the Globe,

Governor Charlie Baker is supportive of the bill’s provisions and will review it carefully, said communications director Lizzy Guyton.

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would require employers to provide “reasonable accommodation” for pregnant women, giving them the right to less strenuous duties, more frequent breaks, and temporary transfers, among other provisions, provided they don’t cause a business “significant difficulty or expense.” New mothers would also have the right to time off to recover from childbirth and a private space to express breast milk.

Similar measures have been passed in 21 states, and Washington, D.C., and a comparable federal bill was reintroduced in Congress in May.

The text of the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is available here.

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